Friday, January 4, 2013

Olivia's Eighth Month

I feel like I say this all time, but Olivia gets more fun everyday! I have loved every month, but I especially loved this one. She's "talking" all the time, she laughs the most precious belly laugh, and her smile makes my heart swell.

We had another huge answer to prayer this month. Olivia had her occupational therapy assessment the week before Christmas. She tested right on track for her adjusted age and doesn't need any OT help at this point. It doesn't mean that we won't continue to keep an eye on it, but it is such an encouragement that she is meeting all expected milestones! We go back next week for her physical therapy eval and in February for a speech eval. I am so overwhelmed with thankfulness for Olivia's sweet life!

She is a MESS!

Here are a few key points I want to remember from this month...

- She weighed 11 pounds 10 ounces at her appointment three weeks ago. Her nine month appointment is this Monday so we'll have some updated stats. I'm crossing my fingers that we've surpassed the 12 pound mark. She is wearing size 1 diapers and 3-6/6 month clothing.

- She is eating every 2-3 hours during the day. She has started refusing the bottle, so I've been exclusively breastfeeding. I absolutely love that she likes it so much and that its something special between just the two of us.

-At night she sleeps from 7-8pm until 7am. Occasionally she wakes up around 5 to eat, but goes right back to sleep for several more hours. She is a great sleeper at night. She still will not sleep in her crib for naps. It isn't that big of a deal because I love that time we get to spend cuddling. I'm sure we'll try to make the transition before her first birthday. Or maybe we won't. ;) She generally takes one short (1 hour) nap in the morning and a long (3-ish hours) nap in the afternoon.

- This month we've stayed pretty close to home. RSV and flu season are in full swing and we are taking every measure to keep those germs away from our family. Olivia is getting the Synagis vaccine every 28 days. She's had two doses so far and will get three more through March. I really thought I would be going stir crazy being at home all day everyday. Its actually really nice to have a reason to limit commitments and just get to be here and enjoy my time with her. I just love that I'm able to spend my days with her.

- On Christmas Day Olivia cut two teeth (bottom middle). She was a little off several days before and fussy for a few days after. She is chewing like a maniac on anything she can get in her mouth. Her favorite thing is her Sophie teething ring she got for Christmas from her Great Aunt Christina.

- We also had some very special visitor this past month. Olivia's doctor gave special dispensation for her to get to meet her new, six week old cousin, Greer Peeples! Auntie Joye, Mary Neal, Caroline and Greer drove in from Little Rock for a night the week before Christmas. It was so fun getting to spend time with them and meant the world to us that they would drive all the way to Dallas! It was also the first "friend" Olivia has gotten to meet. A very special day for all of us!

Their faces say it all. A little bit overwhelmed. ;)

Greer slept through Olivia using her hand as a teether.

Dear Olivia,
Every month that passes I fall more in love with you. You are God's greatest gift to your daddy and me.  You, sweet girl, are a testament to the power of prayer. The verse we chose for you is Job 33:4, "The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life." How true we've seen those words to be in the past eight months. You are a treasure, Olivia, and I love you fiercely.


Hollie Shannon said...

Hurray for exclusive breastfeeding! You gals are such an inspiration :)

Allison said...

She is adorable. So glad she is doing so good and getting so big!

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